knockabout

adjective knock·about \ ˈnäk-ə-ˌbau̇t \

Definition of knockabout

1 : suitable for rough use
  • knockabout clothing
2 a : being noisy and rough : boisterous
  • knockabout games
b : characterized by boisterous antics and often extravagant burlesque
  • knockabout comedy
3 of a sailing vessel : having a simplified rig marked by absence of bowsprit and topmast
  • a knockabout sloop

knockabout

noun

Examples of knockabout in a Sentence

  1. He lived a knockabout life in the city.

  2. a knockabout game of football in the mud

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First Known Use of knockabout

1880


KNOCKABOUT Defined for English Language Learners

knockabout

adjective

Definition of knockabout for English Language Learners

  • : noisy or rough often in a silly or amusing way



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